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Tributary - Escalante Creek Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Gunnison River

Tributary - Escalante Creek Info
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Put In:  Escalante Forks
Take Out:  1/2 mi. above Capt. Smith's Cabin
Difficulty:  Class V
Gradient:  Average 130 fpm, Highest 200 fpm
Run Length:  6.5 miles
Good Level:  Optimum 500 cfs
Streamflow Comments:  There is no gauge for this creek, flows are dependant on current snowpack
Season Comments:  April, May
Primary Season:  If this creek runs it is usually early in normal snowmelt season, April and May.
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Many class V drops followed by short pools or technical class III/IV rapids. This creek flows through a deep sandstone gorge and can be very scenic if you can make time to look up. After this creek is done running for the summer you can find people of all ages enjoying the fun slides into calm swimming holes.
Hazards:  Scout every drop on this run, there are many large hydraulics that can lead to swims lasting a couple of minutes. Dont run the lower gorge if it looks to high.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan
Land Ownership:  Public
Wilderness:  Yes
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (CO), 227 miles (4 hours 48 minutes) West of Denver
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: From Delta take Highway 50 North for 10 miles and turn onto 6.50 Road at the sign for Escalante Canyon. Follow this road for 8 miles past the Gunnison River and into Escalante Canyon. The Take out road is about .5 mile past Captain Smith’s Cabin.

Put In: From the take out continue up river, the take out is down a road on the left just before the big ranch at Escalante Forks. From here bushwhack to river level.

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